Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

cartoon of Jesus erasing lines

The Look of Love

One day some Pharisees and scribes arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by ancient tradition. Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their hands in water. This is but one of many of their traditions —such as ceremonial washing…
stack of luggage

How Much Baggage Do We Need?

(Jesus) went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his…

Interrupting Jesus

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him. And a…
Medieval image of Jesus Casting out a Demon

What Do You Want with Me, Jesus?

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus stepped out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him from out of the tombs. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart and he broke the shackles in pieces; and no one had…
Jesuits' Symbol

More than Parables Alone

Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it…
Contemporary painting of Jesus healing a leper

Beyond boundaries

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked…

An orderly account

In the days of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. Once when he was serving as priest before God and his…
holly with berries

A Variation on the Fir tree

A variation on the Fir Tree (by Hans Christian Andersen) Years ago (in the 1840’s), the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen told a story about a Fir-Tree; an evergreen. Whether it was a Fraser fir, a cedar, blue spruce or another variation, I don’t know- nor is it important (to me.) What is important is that this story was re-told and re-enacted by my family over many years of the 20th century. It is a story that, frankly, given the…

a welcome, welcome home!

In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to…

Light the Candle

“Look, the days are coming, said the Lord, when I will fulfill the good word that I spoke concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous shoot flourish for David, and he shall do justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah shall be rescued and Jerusalem shall dwell secure, and this is what he shall be called: The-Lord-Is-Our-Righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-18 Yesterday my daughter…